2016 IBMA Award Nominees

IBMAAt a press conference earlier this morning aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards, along with this year’s Hall Of Fame Inductees and Distinguished Achievement Award recipients.

The winners will be announced during a gala awards presentation on September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts  in Raleigh, NC.


2016  Hall Of Fame Inductees

  • Clarence White
  • Bill Nowlin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Ken Irwin

2016 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

  • Bluegrass Unlimited magazine
  • Boston Bluegrass Union
  • Bill Emerson
  • Jim Rooney
  • SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction


2016 International Bluegrass Music Award Nominations

Entertainer Of The Year

  • Balsam Range
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • The Gibson Brothers

Vocal Group Of The Year

  • Balsam Range
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • The Gibson Brothers

Instrumental Group Of The Year

  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Punch Brothers
  • Sam Bush Band
  • The Travelin’ McCourys

Song Of The Year

  • Black River – Sierra Hull (artist), Sierra Hull (writer), Rounder Records
  • Long Way Down – The SteelDrivers (artist), Elizabeth Mala Hengber, Tammy Rogers King, and Jerry Salley (writers), Rounder Records
  • Radio – Steep Canyon Rangers (artist), Graham Paul Sharp (writer)
  • Thunder & Lightning – Lonesome River Band (artist), Adam Wright (writer), Mountain Home Music
  • You’re the One – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Dwight Yoakum (writer), Mountain Home Music

Album Of The Year

  • Bridging the Tradition – Lonesome River Band (artist), Mountain Home Music
  • It’s About Tyme – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (artist), Break A String
  • Runaway Train – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Mountain Home Music
  • The Muscle Shoals Recordings – The SteelDrivers (artist), Rounder Records (Label)
  • Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull (artist), Rounder Records (Label)

Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year

  • All Dressed Up – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (artist), Sacred Memories (album), Rebel Records
  • In The Heat of the Fire – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Runaway Train (album), Mountain Home Music
  • Rocking of the Cradle – Lonesome River Band (artist), Bridging the Tradition (album), Mountain Home Music
  • The Savior Is Born – Becky Buller (artist), The Christmas 45 Vol. 1 (album), Dark Shadow Recording
  • Won’t You Come and Sing For Me – Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (artist), The Hazel and Alice Sessions (album), Spruce and Maple Music

Instrumental Recorded Performance Of The Year

  • Cazenovia Casanova – Frank Solivan with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas (artist), Family, Friends & Heroes (album), Compass Records
  • Fireball – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
  • Hogan’s Goat – The Boxcars (artist), Familiar with the Ground (album), Mountain Home Music
  • Hogan’s House of Music – Ron Block (artist), Hogan’s House of Music (album), Hogan’s House of Music
  • Smartville – Ron Block (artist), Hogan’s House of Music (album), Hogan’s House of Music

Recorded Event Of The Year

  • Fireball – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
  • Highway 40 Blues – Special Consensus with Della Mae (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
  • In The Pines – Carl Jackson and Brad Paisley (artist) – Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisted (album), Birthplace of Country Music
  • Longneck Blues – Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman (artist), Poor Boy’s Pleasure (album), Mountain Fever
  • Pretty Woman – Frank Solivan with Del McCoury (artist), Family, Friends & Heroes (album), Compass Records

Emerging Artist Of The Year

  • Band of Ruhks
  • The Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Mountain Faith
  • Sister Sadie
  • Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
  • Town Mountain

Male Vocalist Of The Year

  • Shawn Camp
  • Del McCoury
  • Buddy Melton
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Danny Paisley 

Female Vocalist Of The Year

  • Becky Buller
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Claire Lynch
  • Amanda Smith
  • Rhonda Vincent


Instrumental Performers Of The Year


  • Charlie Cushman
  • Jens Kruger
  • Mike Munford
  • Noam Pikelny
  • Sammy Shelor


  • Barry Bales
  • Alan Bartram
  • Mike Bub
  • Missy Raines
  • Mark Schatz


  • Becky Buller
  • Jason Carter
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Ron Stewart


  • Jerry Douglas
  • Andy Hall
  • Rob Ickes
  • Phil Leadbetter
  • Josh Swift


  • Chris Eldridge
  • Jim Hurst
  • Kenny Smith
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Josh Williams


  • Jesse Brock
  • Sam Bush
  • Sierra Hull
  • Frank Solivan
  • Adam Steffey


Nominations for the Special Awards and Momentum Awards will be announced in the weeks to come.

Congratulations and best of luck to all the 2016 nominees!

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